And so the week began with an #RHS 'Members Day' for the first day of the week at #RHSChelsea. Normally a day for the gardens to really showcase themselves with eye-catching performers and getting the all important celebrity visits to help promote the garden and its charity, sponsors and good causes.
Yesterday #BBC coverage focused on colour and how important it is to have in the garden (even if it's lots of shades of green), and what ideas we can take away with us. Using darker foliage to offset other brighter colours and bring balance to a scheme was one idea, picking out different elements of the plants from stems to bark to foliage to bring a scheme together. This is something we always try to do with our planting schemes to get the most from plants year round.
Another idea was how pastel colours or a muted scheme choosing a harmonising palette of one to two colours can bring that sense of peace and tranquility.
One of our favourites from last year's show was the Montessori garden which used colour to dramatic and joyful effect and was definitely not muted! Picking out colour in the materials used, with the plants to help bring cohesion and fun to the whole garden.
Using plants and bulbs in containers is another way to move colour around the garden and change it up through the seasons and year to year. Even if it's just on your window sill - have a go!
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